Sanders has had a consistent message for over 30 years. I will vote for him. His beliefs are line with mine:
* He voted against the Iraq war.
* He voted against the patriot act.
* He spoke out against warrant less wiretapping.
* He's spoken against H-1B cheap labor. This important because Americans are being replaced by people from certain countries simply because they are much cheaper labor. Doctors and lawyers have unions to protect them from cheap labor. Why shouldn't the rest of the middle class have them? I would be in favor of H-1B visas if 1) it allowed employees free access to the job market (job mobility) and 2) they were taxed to pay for education and training in America for Americans. Remember, they say the only reason we have to import H-1B people is because we have a shortage in skilled labor. If that is true, then it makes sense to allow business the ability to bring in skilled labor, yet invest in our future instead of the future of people, some of which end up returning the knowledge and insight they gain in our society back to their home country. I love the US.
* He's against free trade agreements that ship American factory jobs to countries with cheaper labor. This is important because when they move from country A to cheaper country B, you still pay the same amount for that $9.99 t-shirt, instead they pocket the profit and invest it in buying more government influence to further enslave you.
* He wants to bring education costs back to where they were before (virtually free) by restoring higher marginal taxes (though he has not proposed restoring them to the >90% level they were at before). This will restore the ability of the lower and middle classes to educate themselves and increase our collective competitiveness. It will also educate the electorate again. I'm for reducing the barriers to social mobility. The Nordic European countries have a much higher social mobility rating than the US - meaning if you are born lower or middle class you have a higher chance of making more than your parents did. Fact.
* He wants to reduce our health care costs and remove our pro-profit health care slavery. Our health care system is ranked 38th in the world, yet spends 2x for a worse patient outcome. To have the chance at an American dream, your health should not be at gating factor and at the whim of a patron. This is slavery.
* He wants to increase parental leave vacation and family rights. He is pro-family. Starting and having a family does not mean you lose your livelihood. This is slavery.
* He wants to break up big banks and restore regulation to prevent them from speculating and causing the need to socialize their losses again. In 2008 these "high rollers" nearly destroyed the American and global economy - their house of cards crumpled because we let them be unregulated, and we as citizens had to pay for it. They get their privilege to function from us, we provide them with limited liability and fictitious person-hood. Our society should reap the benefits of it. Not a few moochers at the top. Too big to fail my ass.
* He wants to protect worker's rights to collective bargaining. We had to fight dearly for them. They gave us what was the 40 hour week. I wonder if the decline in our collective social happiness is due to the decline in unionization, and increase in worker abuse. Police, lawyers, doctors, and in some places, teachers still have and love their unions. It's a concept we should protect.
* He is for net neutrality. This is important. Net neutrality was guaranteed before because if one independent company tried to degrade network QoS, you could easily move to another provider. From the 20-30 competing Internet providers of the 1990s to now virtually just one or two in most markets: Comcast and AT&T in the Bay Area. Because there are only two of them, they are able to do whatever they want - they have no more competition. They can now charge companies like Google, Netflix, Amazon etc tolls. This is important because they can effectively raise the bar on entry into the market. Startup companies will not have pay to get into someone's home at "decent speeds". This means that social mobility is affected. You cannot have an idea, write some software or build some hardware and then build a startup without having a Comcast or AT&T tax. This is what net neutrality is about. It is about ensuring equal access to any data for anyone as has been the case since the Internet's beginning.
* He is for privacy protection, especially on the internet (from both Government and Private players). The 4th Amendment is supposed to provide us with privacy, that doesn't mean the government can search our personal belongings simply because they reside with someone for safe keeping.
The choices in the US are always between the center right and the far right (corporatist a vs corporatist b), and it's refreshing to see a candidate that is slightly left of center compared to the world stage.
How many people are against these ideas, and why? Are these ideas that extreme?
And I can vote, so I will vote for Sanders. Because I know the others will say whatever they feel you want to hear. Bernie has been consistent in Vermont. He has been consistent in Congress, and I believe he will be consistent in the White House.